Junko Furuta, a Japanese high school student, was kidnapped, raped, and tortured for 44 days at the home of her classmate, during which she suffered unspeakable pain, the details of which are shocking. Her body was discovered in a concrete drum, earning her the moniker “concrete-encased high school girl murder case.”
17-year-old Junko had been tortured to the point of being unable to stand or speak. Hiroshi Miyano, Jō Ogura, Shinji Minato, and Yasushi Watanabe were the main perpetrators of the abuse. Sadly, they’ve all been released from prison.
Junko Furuta’s death was not caused solely by these four teenage boys; many others failed to notice the attack on the girl, leading to her untimely death, to the point where she begged them to kill her.
Warning: This article contains graphic details about Junko Furuta’s death, which may be upsetting to some readers.
Who Was Junko Furuta?
Furuta was born in Misato, Saitama Prefecture, and was a good high school student with few absences and good grades. She worked part-time during her school years to help her family, and prior to her kidnapping, she had taken a job at an electronics store, where she planned to work after graduation.
Along with her good grades, Furuta was an attractive adolescent who drew a lot of attention, which made some of her peers envious. Furuta was everything a parent could want: she didn’t smoke, she didn’t do drugs, and she excelled in school.
One of the school bullies, however, did not appreciate it. The school bully, Hiroshi Miyano, had a crush on Junko Furuta, but she wasn’t looking for a relationship and turned him down. Hiroshi was dealing with thugs outside school, and no one in the school had the courage to stand up to him, and Junko Furuta told him no.
Abduction of Junko Furuta
Miyano and his friend Misato went out on November 25, 1988, with the intention of robbing and rapping local women. At 8:30 pm, they saw Furuta cycling home after she finished her part-time job. Miyano told his friend Misato to kick her bicycle and then run away.
Misato did as he was told, and Miyano, who was standing nearby, pretended to witness the attack by approaching her and offering to drive her home.
But Junko Furuta had no idea that everything had been planned and that she had been drawn into it. Miyano took her to a nearby camp and raped her, as well as told her about his ties to a local gang, the Yakuza, and threatened to kill her. Miyano kidnapped her and took her to a hotel, where he raped her once more.
He called his friends Ogura and Watanabe Yasushi from the hotel and boasted about how he had raped her. Ogura told him to imprison Furuta so they could sexually molest her. Yazuka, a local gang, had a history of gang rape and had recently abducted and raped another girl before releasing her.
Miyano took Furuta to a park where his friends were waiting around 3 a.m. They discovered her address and threatened to murder her family if she attempted to flee. They took her to one of the boys’ houses and held her there until she died.
They had discovered her home address in a notebook in her backpack and informed her that they knew where she lived and that yakuza members would kill her family if she attempted to flee.
Junko Furuta’s parents reported her missing to the police two days after she vanished. Furuta’s kidnappers forced her to call her mother and tell her that she had run away and was now living with a friend and that she was safe, in order to stop the police investigation.
Furuta was forced to pose as the girlfriend of one of the kidnappers when Mintao’s parents came to visit him. However, it became clear after several visits to the house that Furuta was not someone’s girlfriend, but a hostage, and the parents did nothing out of fear of retaliation from Hiroshi Miyano, a Yakuza operative. Minuto’s brother was aware of the situation, as were his parents, but they chose not to intervene.
44 days of hell
Junko Furuta was held captive in the Minato Residence for the next 40 days, and during that time, she was subjected to unspeakable suffering, of which even the details are shocking.
For Junko Furuta, each day inside the Mintao’s residence was nothing short of hell:
She was humiliated by being kept naked for the majority of the time, raped by over 100 men, and the kidnappers invited their friends to assault the 17-year-old. Furuta was raped an estimated 500 times, including 12 times in one day by 12 different men.
According to their testimony in court, “They raped her over 400 times, beat her, starved her, hung her from the ceiling and used her as a ‘punching bag,’ dropped barbells on her stomach, forced her to eat live cockroaches and drink her own urine, forced her to masturbate in front of them, and forced her to sing and dance while being beaten. They used cigarettes and lighters to burn her, as well as hot wax to burn her eyelids.”
Junko Furuta was said to have lost consciousness as a result of the assaults and had to be revived by dipping her head in a bucket of water. Furuta was also discovered pregnant, despite the fact that her uterus had been severely damaged.
Furuta tried to call the cops once, but was apprehended before she could say anything. When the cops returned the call, Miyano explained that the original emergency call had been a mistake. They tied her legs and set her feet on fire with burning lighter fluid as a punishment for calling the cops. After 20 days of ordeal, she was unable to walk due to several leg burns and badly bruised muscles.
Junko Furuta could handle nothing more than her hands because her bones were smashed with weights and her fingernails were torn, and even after this attack they forced her to sleep on the balcony, where she was exposed to cold temperatures.
She was unable to urinate properly after 30 days of continuous attack due to her damaged internal organs and the introduction of objects and burns from cigarettes and lighters. Furuta begged her captors to kill her because she was tired and tortured, but they refused and continued to attack and torture her.
“Furuta’s legs were so badly damaged that it took her over an hour to drag herself down the stairs to the toilet,” one of the kidnappers told the court. Furuta’s body was also severely crippled, and she began to emit a foul odor, driving the boys away from her.
If the police officers had continued to investigate the house, Junko Furuta’s torture could have lasted only 16 days. One of the kidnapper’s friends, Ihara, was allegedly bullied into raping the girl. After leaving Minato’s house, Ihara told her brother about the incident, who then told her parents, who contacted the police.
Soon after, two officers were dispatched to Minato’s house, but they were told there was no girl inside. The officers declined an invitation to look around the house because they had been told there was no girl inside. The community reacted negatively to both officers. Junko Furuta would still be alive today if they had thoroughly searched the house.
The Death of Junko Furuta
On January 4, 1989, Furutka’s kidnappers challenged her to a game of Mahjong Solitaire, which Junko won. This enraged the boys, who began abusing her with an iron barbell, kicks and punches, and the placement of two short candles on her eyelids, which were then burned with hot wax.
They made her stand and beat her with a stick, causing her to bleed profusely and pus to appear on her infected burns. This did not deter the monsters, who continued to beat her with plastic bags in their hands.
Junko Furuta body when found:
They repeatedly slammed an iron exercise ball into her stomach. They lit her up again by pouring lighter fluid on her thighs, arms, face, and stomach. Furuta attempted to put out the fire but quickly became unresponsive, and the attack on her lasted two hours, during which time she succumbed to her injuries and died that day.
Her abductors wrapped her body in blankets and stuffed it into a suitcase. They later stuffed her body into a 55-gallon drum, filled it with wet concrete, and dumped it in a cement truck in Tokyo’s Koto neighborhood.
Furuta’s brain had shrunk, and her eardrums had been severely damaged, among other injuries, according to the autopsy. Furuta’s mother required intensive psychiatric treatment after learning of the atrocities committed against her daughter.
Junko Furuta’s Captors
On January 23, 1989, Hiroshi Miyano and Jō Ogura were arrested for the gang rape of a 19-year-old woman they had kidnapped in December.
On March 29, two police officers arrived at Miyano’s home to question them after discovering women’s underwear. They confessed to the crimes against Furuta, and Miyano told the cops where Furuta’s body would be found. However, when the police questioned them about the disappearance of another woman and her 7-year-old son, they were perplexed by their confession.
The drum containing Furuta’s body was discovered the next day by the police. Fingerprints were used to identify her body, and Jō Ogura were arrested for a separate sexual assault on April 1, 1989, before being arrested again for Furuta’s murder. Nobuharu Minato, Yasushi Watanabe, and Minato’s brother were also detained.
Trial of Junko Furuta’s captors
Despite their heinous crimes, the court kept their identities hidden, but a Japanese magazine was able to uncover and publish their identities. The magazine stated that “give the severity of the crime, the accused did not deserve to have their right to anonymity upheld.”
Rather than pleading guilty to murder, all of the kidnappers pleaded guilty to “causing bodily injury that resulted in death.” The four criminals were tried as juveniles but had to be convicted as adults; unfortunately, each of them has already been released from prison.
Hiroshi Miyano, the criminal mastermind, was sentenced to 17 years in prison; he later appealed, but Tokyo High Court judge Ryji Yanase increased his sentence by three years. The sentence for two more boys who appealed was also increased by the same judge. After selling their family home, Hiroshi’s mother allegedly sent Furuta’s parents 50 million yen (US $425,000).
Yasushi Watanabe, now Jo Kamisaku, was released in August 1999, and five years later, in July 2004, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for assaulting a man he believed was luring his girlfriend away from him.
All of the sentences were deemed far too lenient for the crimes committed, and all of them were protected by special laws that apply to people over the age of 18.
Junko Furuta’s funeral was held on April 2, 1989. The following is a quote from a memorial address written by one of her friends:
Jun-chan, welcome back. I have never dreamed that we would see you again in this way. You must have been in so much pain… so much suffering. The happi we all made from the school festival looked really good on you. We will never forget you. I have heard that the headmaster has presented you with a graduation certificate. So, we graduated together – all of us Jun-chan, there is no more pain, no more suffering. Please rest in peace.
Junko Furuta Movie
Concrete movie is backed on the case of the murder of Junko Furuta, the film deals with as many social factors that produced Furuta’s four assailants as it does with her suffering at their hands.
Many people believe that this story is a hoax; we wish it had been a hoax so that Junko Furuta would not have suffered, but the terrible crime did happen. Junko Futura’s death was terrifying, and the case, trial, and verdicts all served as a reminder that something like this should never happen again. If you notice something unusual or suspect someone is in danger, contact someone, inform your elders, or report it to the authorities; you may be able to save a life.